CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (1/25/12)--UVA Community CU in Charlottesville, Va., is helping to bring BizKid$, a financial education television series, to the Greater Charlottesville area each Saturday morning on public television by sponsoring the show.
Launched in January 2008, BizKid$: Helping Kids Make and Manage Money, is a national financial education initiative to inform, educate, inspire and motivate kids of all ages to learn about money, credit, taxes, business and becoming young entrepreneurs. To keep young viewers (9-16 years old) engaged, the series includes a mix of direct education, sketch comedies, animation and stories featuring real-life young entrepreneurs.
"As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, we are committed to improving the financial literacy of our community's residents so they may reach their financial goals," said Alison DeTuncq, president/CEO of UVA Community CU. "Youth education, in particular, is a big part of our financial education program. This show compliments our student-run branch program initiative and our frequent in-class presentations conducted for students of all ages."
Each show is complemented by resources on a website, lesson plans, outreach activities and a monthly electronic newsletter. Topics covered include "The Economics of Economics," "Take It to The Bank," "Businesses Going Green," and "What to Do with a Windfall."
BizKid$ also has received the status of "recommended educational resource" by the state boards of education in Virginia, Florida, California, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Wisconsin and Texas.